What is the MPT?
The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) is tested in most jurisdictions including those that haven't adopted the UBE. Depending on the state you take the MPT it comprises either two 90-minute items, or just one.
Each MPT will give you a specific task. This task could be drafting a letter to a client, a will, a witness examination plan, a settlement proposal, a statement of facts, among other things.
Each MPT will contain two parts. The first part is A File. At the beginning of the file is the task memo. This tells you what you will do and how to do it. It is vital to read the directions of this document carefully. Also in the file is a library of Factual Documents. These documents can contain things like discovery documents, interview transcripts, court pleadings, and more. As in real life some documents may be incomplete or even irrelevant.
What does the MPT test?
The NCBE created the MPT to test your ability to perform real-world tasks quickly and to test how well you can follow directions. The MPT is not a test of substantive knowledge. As a matter of fact, you should only rely on the law that is given to you to complete the task.